Living Inentionally


Category: Nutrition

Starting Over

Ok, it has been over 2 months since I posted anything.  I did not die, I just lost forward progress/motivation.  As of 8/1 I was sitting at 208lbs.  As of today, 10/2, I am at 216.5 lbs.  This is not good.

This is all my fault and I am aware of it.  I am not going to beat myself up over it.  I just need to get back on track and do the things that were helping me get to the goal.

I started exercising again last night:

23 minutes of EA Active 2.

Breakfast:  1.5 mini bagels with light peanut butter and coffee

Snacks:  I have been snacking on fresh grapefruit this morning.

I will get new photos (although I am still chubby) and measurements today/tonight and get them posted.


Time to Start ANew…

Weight:  Not going anywhere   208.5lbs as of 30 minutes ago.

Created by MyFitnessPal – Free Weight Loss Tools

So, it seems I have hit a brick wall.  I have not really lost/gained any real pounds in over 3 weeks.  This does not make me very happy at all.

So, I am going to set short term goals:

1.  Workout/Exercise 7 days this week.  I exercised last night by doing 31 minutes of EA Active, was mainly cardio with some light curls/tricep extensions with bands.  That being said, I will go Sunday to Sunday in my goals as a week.  This week the plan is to do the EA Active 5 nights and to do light lifting with Devon on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

2.  Eat even better.  I was straying a bit from a tight eating/meal plan.  So I have tightened the rains in.  I have pre-made my breakfast and lunches for the week (images to follow).  As well as my wife bagged up carrots and celery for me to bring to work for snacks.  For supper, I will have to just watch how much I intake.  I find it hard for my wife and I to make separate meals at supper time, so I need to be able to eat what she does.  This means just not eating as much and adding extra healthy items to the supper for me, such as additional carrots or celery or fruit of some type.

3.  Use another online tool for tracking.  I have recently moved from the “Dumb” phone era to the “Smart” phone era and found My Fitness Pal.  I am going to try and use this as a tool.  I will keep this blog as well.  I just want a specific tool to use to document better and be able to chart my results and such.  I am going to see if I can find a way to show my stats on this site from My Fitness Pal. (EDIT…I found a way as you can see at the top of this post)  I don’t know if I can since this is the free version of the WordPress and not the paid version, but we shall see.

4.  Keep my head up.  Things are getting better at work.  I will be transffering to my new position in approximately 2 weeks.  That will elliviate some stress…I hope anyway.  We shall see.

Here are the pics from my food preparation on Saturday with my wife.  She is awesome by the way!!

This is my beautiful wife, Libbie.

This is my breakfast for the week. Overnight Steel Cut Oats with various additions. This morning was Walnuts/Brown Sugar/Milk

And this will be lunch for the week. Baby Spinach salad with various toppings (tomato/cucumber/egg/almonds). These are Pint jars.

Day 60

Ok, so today is Day 60 (6/25), 2 months since I started.  I am only down 16 lbs as I weighed in at 211 lbs a few hours ago (11:19 am EST).

I know that this is alot to some, however I was truly hoping to be at 207 by this coming Friday when I have my annual physical and leave for North Carolina for a week.  I still have a few days, and I will not give up.  I will be taking photos and measurements on Thursday night and most likely updating after my appoitment on Friday.

I feel better than I did 2 months ago, and I know that the 16lbs lost is more than what I would have lost had I not made any changes at all….I probably would even be heavier.

Breakfast:    1 banana, 1 pack instant oats, coffee

Snack:   handful of raisens

Lunch:  1/2 -3/4 cup of left over spaghetti and meat sauce with tomato chunks.

Snack: handfull of raisens

Supper:  About 4-5oz Salmon Fillet, with 1/2 cup yogurt

Protein “shake”  1.5 scoops of protein powder, 13-14oz of apple juice, tsp chocolate syrup  (this combo was not tasty, will not do it again)

Does anyone have any suggestions on protein powder?  I drink it within 30 minutes of excersising.  Should I, or shouldn’t I?  Any decent combinations?  I usually make it in a blender with milk or juice, or sometimes just water with some type of frozen fruit.  Sometimes I put dry oats in it.  Your thoughts?



“Another example is fitness: while I do set goals with myself (lose my bellyfat, for example), I have learned not to worry so much about those goals. They’ll come, or maybe they won’t. Instead, I’ve learned to focus on eating enjoyable foods that are healthy, and stay active on most days. As a result, I don’t sweat it when things don’t go according to plan — because there’s really no set plan. If I eat some treats at a party, it’s no problem. If I don’t go for a workout one day, no sweat. I’ll get back to it the next day, and even then I might still eat some chocolate for the pure joy of it all. I still get fitter and healthier, and most importantly I enjoy the journey along the way.”   – Leo Babauta

I agree with Leo.  Although I want/need to lose the weight, the health is the most important issue for me.  By exercising regularly and eating healthier, the weight will take care of itself.  I can help by ensuring that I am doing both of these things, so that will help meet the overall goal of weight loss/toning that I am looking for.  However, I can not focus on the weight itself, it will just discourage me when I see it not leave immediately.  I did not gain it overnight, so I will not be able to lose it overnight.

I have been reading a ton of posts from his blog.  The practices that he speaks about are like he is talking about how I want to live my life.  A lot of it is easier said than done for me though.  However, baby steps can get me there.

The Run Down on my Fitness Journey

So this one is not going to be all about physical fitness, but also my metal fitness.  It is more of a blowing off steam, planning, and goals that I need to achieve.  I just thought I would give you fair warning before you read it and look into my life.

As of yesterday, I had only lost 8lbs since my Dr. visit in April.  I am not excited about that.  I weighed myself this morning at work at was at 218.5 lbs, am not excited about this either.

I need to work harder, eat better, not make “slip-ups”.  I need to work out every night, even if only for 20 minutes of cardio…I have to do it every night.  I have committed myself to working out with my son 2 nights a week at the gym, which will be lifting (he is into the chest/tri’s, back/bi’s, shoulder lifting).  So the other days of the week will be at home using EA Active doing cardio or resistance bands.

I have to drink more water.  I have been doing a-lot better over the past few weeks.  I just have to keep it up.  No more slip-ups on diet soda or extra iced coffees during the day.  I will drink my coffee in the morning and water the majority of the day.  I will have Green Tea with Honey (will watch how much) in the evening time just before bed.  No more snacking just before bed either, no crackers or anything.  The only snack will be my protein drink (smoothie or other concoction) after my workout.

I have to re-commit myself to this.  I have to.  After looking at the photos taken last week, I know it can be done…I just have to force myself to make it habit.  I was feeling better about the route that I was taking, but I still give in to things way to easy.  I still blow off a work out too easy.  I can not let myself do this.  I have to be strong willed and “REFUSE to GIVE-UP”.

All of that being said, I also have to look at my metal health.  I am stressed beyond belief at work/home/freelance.  It is a killer in me.  I work so hard to try and make things better, but I let everything collide and it all builds up and just sits there.  While I am working out, either at home or with Devon, I feel like a weight has been lifted.  I don’t think about anything else that has to be/get done.  I feel relieved for that small amount of time.

My wife it great!  She loves me unconditionally and does so much for us.  I feel that I don’t always repay that greatness to her.  I try to though, at least I think I do.  She keeps the finances straight, or as straight as they can be.  She takes care of so much around the house and keeps me on my toes.

Finances – We pay everything on time, we are not behind, but we are not ahead either.  I want us to be ahead and that is where the freelance work comes in.  However, it causes even more stress.  I have a hard time keeping home/work seperated.  I just started reading “When Work and Family Collide: Keeping Your Job from Cheating Your Family” by Andy Stanley.  This was recommended to me by a good friend who owns his own side business as well.   In my opinion it all comes down to time management and sacrifices.  However, I don’t want my family to feel like I am sacrificing them.  It is a hard/fine line to walk.

Home – Other than the finances, we live in a small condo, in a not so great neighborhood.  We own the condo, but alot of the other units in the neighborhood are used a rentals and that along with our HOA not being the greatest and ran by alot of the older residents that don’t really care, keeps the neighborhood from being worth anything financially.

We have been doing projects around our home to try and upgrade our surroundings and try to make it more likely to sale when we do get to a place to sell.  However, I run out of steam and have several unfinished projects.  I need to get them going, I have to make a list of what to get accomplished.  Therefore, if you see a page/link on my blog to projects, it is more thank likely the list of things that I need to do at home and will get updated as I accomplish things.  I will use this as a tool to show myself that I am doing things.  Hopefully (and according to my wife it will) this will help me deal with the stress.  I think it will help Libbie with the stress that she feels in on her shoulders as well.

Freelance – Ok, I am 21 hours shy of my Bachelors Degree in New Media Arts and Sciences.  Due to finances, it will be a while before I get back to school to finish.

However, I do some work as a freelance webdesigner/developer.  I am not great by any means, but I bring in a few extra dollars each month doing it.  I am trying to get my personal site up and running.  It is coming along slowly, but coming along none the less.  I have a facebook page set up for myself “Barefoot Visions“.  I may add a page to this blog as well for that.  It may help me keep better organized and help the stress level there as well.  I have alot of customer updates that I need to get orgainzed.

Work – Other than my home/freelance work, I have my regualar, everyday job.  I work for a company that does the graphics and signage for several large sporting events.  We develop the “look/feel” of the events and produce the graphics and signage.  We used to do alot of the print/bindery of smaller jobs, but we outsource that to another local printing firm.  I currently am in the role of “Design Client Service Rep or DCSR”.  I am a go between for the designers, account/project managers, and the clients.  I also fill in for the Traffic Manger in ensuring that all jobs stay on production timeline and make sure that the designers accomplish what has to be done.

I have been working the past 6 months on getting transffered out of creative services to what we call the “Events” team.  I want to become a project manager and was told back in February that it would happen.  I was led to believe that it would happen by now.  I have not been getting alot of feedback from my upper managment on the status of this move, so I asked the other day.  I was told that all personnel changes have been placed on hold due to a client restructering.  Knowing this client, I am not sure how that affects my change.  That ticks me off a little and I feel that I am being fed a line of BS.  Whether that is the case or not is yet to be seen, but regardless, it took the wind out of my sails.

So that is my life at the moment.  My blog is title “Fitness Journey”.  Fitness is more than just the physical, it is mental as well.  I need to get it all in check before I can say that I am doing the right things.

Day 27 (Trying to Stay Motivated)

Never confuse motion with action. – Benjamin Franklin

In other words, if you are going to go through the motion to do something, make sure you are pushing yourself and doing it correctly.

If a job is worth doing, then it is worth doing well.

There will be no weight update today.  I will weigh and measure tomorrow night and post on Friday morning.

Breakfast – 1 pack of instant oatmeal and coffee

Snack – Almonds

Lunch – 1 pack of instant oatmeal and baby carrots

Snack – Almonds

Resistance band arm/chest reps

Protein Shake (nasty with no frozen fruit) after exercising.


Fitness Journey Day 26

Jillian Michaels

It can be done.

Weight:  216.5 lbs (another lb down)

I am going to be taking new measurements this weekend to see if the sizes have changed with the give away of the 10.5 lbs so far.  Hopefully there will be some type of difference.

I will be posting updated images as well.  I hope to be able to do a side by side comparison.  I am not sure how much of a visual difference will be able to be seen.

Breakfast – 1 pack of instant oatmeal, 1 mini bagel/no spread and coffee

Lunch – Lettuce with small amount of Balsamic Vinegar Dressing and 7 baby carrots

Snack – 1 mini bagel

Supper – 8 Pepporoni Bagel Bites

Snack after workout – Protein Shake

30 minutes of Active Cardio


So quick note…I just found out that there is no nutritional difference between Steel Cut and Rolled Oats.  However the instant ones that I have been eating are not great for you.  I will be finishing what I have at work and then eating the regular rolled/instant oats but not the pre-packaged kind full of sugar and such.

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